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Putin Stresses Terrorism, Avoids Iraq Controversy

Russian President Vladimir Putin avoided disputes over Iraq at the United Nations on Thursday but sought to galvanize the world to take more robust steps to halt the spread of dangerous weapons and fight terror. With a prudent eye to an upcoming summit with President Bush, Putin kept out of the controversy over how quickly sovereignty should be restored in postwar Iraq — an issue that has sharply divided the United States and France. Instead, the Russian president switched the focus to the need for tougher action to fight terror acts, whether in New York, Baghdad or rebel Chechnya, telling the U.N. General Assembly it was “duty-bound to become a basis for the global anti-terrorist coalition.” Full Story

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